Conn. sets state of emergency to seek road salt

Gov. Dannel Malloy listens to a questions about the winter storm, Feb. 13, 2014.
Gov. Dannel Malloy listens to a questions about the winter storm, Feb. 13, 2014.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has declared a state of emergency as Connecticut seeks help from Washington for much-needed road salt.

The governor made the emergency declaration on Thursday to help locate road salt for Connecticut cities coping with a major winter storm that pounded the Northeast.

Malloy said a delivery expected on Friday or Saturday should help replenish stockpiles.

His administration also is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency if stockpiles are available. Demand for road salt has soared as snow and ice storms sweep across many states.

With more snow expected, Connecticut’s entire fleet of 632 trucks and 200 contractor trucks will continue to be on the roads.

State employees designated as “non-essential” are told to report to work one hour later than usual on Friday.

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